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Vote law dilemma.

Summary: As the country braces for May 15, the date by which a new vote law must be agreed upon, the political scene appears increasingly divided.

As the country braces for May 15, the date by which a new vote law must be agreed upon, the political scene appears increasingly divided.

Strange, as one would think such an issue would make the Lebanese unite in order to reclaim some measure of democracy.

Scores of laws have been tabled by politicians well aware that they couldn't possibly be accepted by opposing parties.

The composition of most of these laws lacks the bare minimum of what is required -- a mechanism that fairly reflects the various parties and elements of Lebanese society in a just and balanced way. Instead they are driven by greed.

It is a maddening strategy, as everyone knows that in order to reach consensus, one must have sacrifice and compromise.

Without them, deadlines will come and go and Lebanon's wellbeing will be put into question once again.

Adding to the seriousness of this situation, however, are the threats and interpretations coming from the highest positions -- ones that are supposed to be a point of unity rather than inflammation and division.

These threats often include sectarian insinuations and warnings of popular strife, the kind of things that did not work in the past, won't work in the future and will only complicate an already complicated situation.

The hourglass is emptying and if the Constitution is to be respected, Parliament's extension beckons, whatever people say.

This most unwelcome outcome can be avoided. But to reach a fair law for all Lebanese, serious, dedicated work must finally begin.

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Publication:The Daily Star (Beirut, Lebanon)
Date:Apr 26, 2017
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